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As far as Tanner and Philips and I were con-
cerned, this was only the beginning of many in-
teresting and prolonged chats which we enjoyed
during the next couple of weeks.

Ross Tanner got in touch with the Sioux and
learned that a half-breed interpreter who had
come up with them from the massacre, and who
had formerly known the white settlers at Red-
wood, Minnesota, by name, had later joined
the half-breed buffalo-hunters; and it must have
been this interpreter who gave him the name
of Ross Tanner. They, themselves, did not
know his name, but they thought that this
half-breed might have known who his parents

As if the chain of coincidence had not already
run itself out, that same year, 1923, the editor of
the Mentor asked me to write an article for his
magazine on the Indians of the Far North-West.
I wrote this article and in it I casually mentioned
Ross Tanner's mysterious identity; how he had
been brought up from the massacre and how he
was now a man who had never known who he was*
It came out in the March number of the Mentor%
1923. And five months later I received a letter
from Mr. Louis C. Tanner, member of the
Liberty County School Board, Liberty, Texas,
informing me that Ross Tanner was the son of his
uncle, who, badly torn and mangled, had escaped